Cavaliers Rumors: Dan Gilbert Wanted Victor Oladipo, Not Anthony Bennett in '13

16 April, 2018, 14:51 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • James Harden scored 13 points in the final quarter as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101

On Sunday afternoon, the entire country got a glimpse into what the state of IN has been watching for the past 6 months.

The 98-80 victory marked the first time since 2012 that LeBron James had lost a first round playoff game. IN won the opening game of the series 98-80 on Sunday afternoon.

James finished the game with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but was not able to prevent his side from going behind in the series as the Pacers won 98-80 after a blistering 33-14 lead after the first quarter, with guard Victor Oladipo scoring 32 points for the visitors.

"We believed we can win", Oladipo said.

"I already had fuel", he said.

The #Cleveland Cavaliers made a lot of changes throughout the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season in hopes that they could turn things around in time for the start of the National Basketball Association playoffs. It did not take long for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to prove their worth, however, especially Oladipo, who averaged 23.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game in the regular season. Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. The Cavs' overconfidence is seen by their slow first quarter in which they were outscored by 19 points. Not scared of LeBron, who finished with yet another playoff triple-double (24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists) but shot 7-of-17 from the field.

Once the fourth quarter came, it was Oladipo's time to shine. And Jeff Green, a recent addition to Cleveland's starting lineup, somehow managed to finish scoreless (on 0-7 shooting) and collect just four rebounds in 27 minutes. "But I get an opportunity to take the two days, me personally, and I hope the guys do the same thing to try to get their minds and their bodies refocused on what we need to do to win a ballgame". He was entering the contest with a 21-game unbeaten run and the best winning percentage in the first round at.872.

J.R. Smith had 15 points off the Cavaliers' bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana.

However, for LeBron James, he is in an unfamiliar spot.

BC-BKN-Pacers-Cavaliers, 1st Ld-Writethru, 905Victor-y: Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, CavsAP Photo OHTD102, OHTD106, OHTD117, OHTD101, OHTD109, OHTD107, OHTD108, OHTD116, OHTD115, OHTD114, OHTD118, OHTD117Eds: Updates with new lead, quotes. "I've never lost a game in the first round before in my career? Buy we've been playing our butts off at both ends of the floor all year". "I'm just focused on my team, focused on this series and taking it one game at a time. I'm anxious about my team and coming out to play one game at a time until we beat them".

"They took advantage of everything what we wanted to do", James said."They were more physical at the point of attack and were more precise with what they wanted to do".



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